The Democrats are no longer ashamed to publicly run interference for the anti-Trump bureacratic establishment working behind the scenes in D.C.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that there “is no ‘Deep State'” — shockingly, in the middle of a hearing about the FBI’s abuse of surveillance powers to spy on an American citizen. Ignoring Michael Horowitz’s report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Feinstein asserted that the FBI’s launch of an investigation into the Trump campaign was “motivated by facts, not bias” during Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the Washington Examiner.
“This was not a politically motivated investigation. There is no ‘Deep State,’” she said, according to Breitbart.
Feinstein: No Deep State exists
In the world of the Democrats, whenever something is asserted that makes Trump sound bad, it’s automatically accepted as truth. Just like “Donald Trump is a Russian agent,” Democrats and their media allies have spent years claiming that there is no “Deep State,” and that the FBI investigation of Trump’s campaign was completely unprejudiced.
Those talking points collided with reality this week when Michael Horowitz released his report on surveillance abuses in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign in 2016. It uncovered a shocking pattern of omissions and outright lies that vindicated Trump’s grievances about a “witch hunt” set upon him by rogue intelligence agents.
Horowitz discovered “significant” distortions in the FISA process to spy on Trump campaign member Carter Page, including the withholding of exculpatory information.
But Feinstein excoriated Bill Barr for his “unsupported attacks” on the DOJ and said that it’s “time to move on from the false claims of political bias,” literally in the same hearing that Horowitz testified about “basic and fundamental errors” going up the chain of command, according to NBC News.
The IG also emphasized that nobody was vindicated by his report, even as he concluded that there was no bias in the overall probe. Many Republicans and AG Barr have found Horowitz’s no-bias finding difficult to believe, considering the pattern of abuse he found.
Media victory lap
In an interview with NBC this week, Barr doubled down on calling the FBI’s surveillance “spying,” terminology that the media has long disputed, and said that the jury was still out on whether any intentional abuse occurred. Barr suggested that the ongoing criminal probe of the Russia investigation being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham may turn out to be the ultimate source of answers.
Meanwhile, Horowitz’s report was so damning that some members of the media grudgingly admitted that it uncovered a serious scandal, but the overall tone in the media has been one of vindication. Many have echoed Feinstein in pointing to Horowitz’s overall no-bias finding to deny Trump a victory, and former FBI director James Comey has also claimed vindication despite Horowitz’s findings to the contrary.
At a time when reflection might be in order, Democrats are doubling down on their deceptions. The spectacle of remorselessness and self-congratulation solidifies a strange shift: in recent years, especially since Donald Trump became president, the Democrats have gone from bitter enemies of the surveillance state to becoming its open cheerleaders.
In the last few weeks alone, Democrats have praised anti-Trump bureaucrats as “brave public servants” and are now running interference for the largest scandal in modern American history. They may deny that the Deep State even exists, but their actions tell a different story.